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MEDCAMP is a three-day intensive immersion experience held in the summer, designed to stimulate students’ interests in the basic sciences related to medicine and pharmacy, and to expose them to career opportunities in those fields. The program is designed to provide "hands-on" experiences in biomedical science workshops involving research, clinical problem-solving and an introduction to the fields of clinical medicine and pharmacy.

The MEDCAMP Experience

Students will spend three days at Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED).  They learn how a physician talks with a patient, how to student the clues to a patient's illness, how to solve the case by using critical thinking skills in addition to modern laboratory techniques, and present their findings through grand rounds on the final day.

Evenings are used for group activities and study sessions and students will be chaperoned and transported by bus to a Kent State University dormitory for overnight accommodations. Meals are provided.

Who is Eligible?

Applicants are required to be rising ninth grade students (will have completed eighth grade at the time of MEDCAMP and entering the ninth grade in the fall of 2016); have science and math grades at a level of "B" or above; and reside in one of the following counties: Ashland, Ashtabula, Carroll, Columbiana, Crawford, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Holmes, Lake, Lorain, Mahoning, Medina, Portage, Richland, Stark, Summit, Trumbull, Tuscarawas or Wayne.

First consideration is given to applicants from groups underrepresented in health care professions.

Want to learn more?

View the 2015 MEDCAMP video.

Want to see more?

View the MEDCAMP photos.

Want to know what a former MEDCAMP participant has to say about MEDCAMP?

"My son attended MEDCAMP in the summer of 2014.  Before he went, he thought he wanted to do medical research.  He left MEDCAMP a changed person!  After attending and getting some hands on experience with diagnosing a “patient” and then presenting information about it, he decided that he wants to be a doctor that sees patients every day.  He is so excited about the thought of becoming a doctor and helping people.

The leader of his group who was a second year medical student also has mentored him, which has been great.  He has e-mailed her about high school classes to take and groups to join.  It is great that she will take the time out of her day to answer his e-mail. 

I think the camp was a great experience that has opened his eyes to what doctors really do, and how important they are.  I don’t know if he would have found this path without it."

The MEDCAMP brochure provides information and the criteria for those that are interested in applying for MEDCAMP 2017.

Download the MEDCAMP brochure.

How to Apply

Students may nominate themselves or may be nominated to the program by a teacher or guidance counselor.

Application for MEDCAMP 2017 will be available in January 2017.

Remember to include:

  • A letter of recommendation from a science or math teacher, or a guidance counselor
  • A personal essay (students must demonstrate an interest in medicine or pharmacy as a possible career)
  • Transcript from seventh grade and current eighth grade report card (science and math grades must be "B" or above)
  • For more information, please contact:

Area Health Education Center (AHEC)
1.800.686.2511 ext. 6580 or email at